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Unformatted text preview: D. Greene Reading guide for Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl 1) What was Harriet/Linda’s purpose in writing and publishing her memoirs? Whom did she hope to influence and how did she hope to influence them? In other words, what did she hope that readers would do after reading her account? Linda’s purpose of writing down her memoirs was to inform women and people of the free/ northern states of the evils of slavery and the effects it has on the slaves and women involved. She desired to inspire educated and able people to put their able pens into action. 2) How did her life differ from that of most other slaves? What made her experience untypical? Linda’s story of slavery is very unique in a number of ways, not because she suffered, but how she suffered and was raised. She was raised unaware that she was considered “property” and a “belonged” to her master, because she had the opportunity of staying with her family and under the influence of her grandma. Her grandma was respected in the community, and Linda was also taught to read, a privilege afforded to very few slaves. 3) Linda/Harriet had no legal protection against the sexual advances of her master....
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- Spring '08
- Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Slavery in the United States, slave owners